|Now available on Steam|
We find ourselves taking the role of a young nine year old boy named William, who’s lost deep within his own mind where his memories are threatened by shadowy creatures. With the help of mysterious luminous creatures and his companion teddy bear, he uses light to try and save himself from his own nightmares.
Like a child-like nightmare stripped straight from the creative, yet twisted mind of Tim Burton, the world of Shad’O is dark and whimsical, with the playfields floating amid swirls of sable colours and crooked doorways. But its storyline is every bit a reimagining of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, which coalesce perfectly together to create a playfully strange setting that nudges your desires to know what lies behind the shadows’ veil.
|Another Christmas nightmare?|
Spicing up the gameplay even further is the option to cast spells. With each level completed you gain an unlock point to acquire a new spell with, which can then be used to heal allies, attack enemies, or create environmental effects. The use of spells is greatly emphasised by the limited resources available to build units throughout the game and finding ways to strategically use them is essential to success. Unlock points can also be allocated into your defensive arsenal as well, allowing you to acquire powerful new allies, or to strengthen those already in your possession. This level of depth is a welcomed addition to the somewhat generic gameplay at hand and the option to replay completed levels on the challenging nightmare difficulty for addition allocation points adds a touch of replay value, as well boosting your ability to complete the difficult challenges you’ll face in the game’s final levels.
|Castin' a spell|
Somewhere between the twisted parallels of Tim Burton’s mind and the strange world of Where the Wild Things Are lies Okugi Studios’ Shad’O. By shrouding the world in darkness and adding sorcery to the typical tower defence gameplay, they’ve created a fresh new take on the well-worn genre. Limited by its hardware, we’d love to see Shad’O float its way onto other devices to expand its audience, because fans of the genre should definitely consider stepping behinds its shadows.
- Chris I